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Rules for Being a Girl

Written by Candace Bushnell, Katie Cotugno

Key Stage 4 Family / Home Stories General Fiction Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) School Stories

LoveReading View on Rules for Being a Girl

Timely and thought provokingly honest account of the difficulties incurred just by “being a girl”

This compelling read tells a familiar story of the authority figure ( a popular teacher here) who behaves inappropriately and when his victim comes forward, she is not believed and her life takes a real turn for the worse, including in this case, work being marked down and university applications scuppered by the same teacher in revenge for her speaking out. What makes this book stand out is the complexity and authenticity of Marin’s internal dialogue and the fact that the dilemmas she faces and the choices she makes are all too believable. The book really gets to the heart of how difficult it is for girls and women to make sense of this kind of violation, and brilliantly explores the way they doubt themselves and the way that predators exploit these feelings.  Marin’s experience  opens her eyes to things that had previously passed unnoticed- the casual sexism of classmates and the institutional sexism of a school dress code and of an English curriculum which featured only male authors and  even her own lack of awareness of what life is like for outsiders. While English teachers will celebrate Marin’s decision to express her protest in print via her student newspaper editorials, librarian’s will relish the feminist book club she  also sets up ( and the excellent book recommendations that are given) This is an important book for both sexes to read and one which will hopefully start lots of conversations about equality, sexual harassment, and those unwritten social norms that govern our behaviour.

Joy Court

Rules for Being a Girl Synopsis

From Katie Cotugno and author of Sex and the City Candace Bushnell comes this fierce and feisty exploration of feminism: standing up, speaking out and rewriting the rules.

Don't be easy. Don't give it up. Don't be a prude. Don't be cold. Don't put him in the friendzone. Don't act desperate. Don't let things go too far. Don't give him the wrong idea. Don't blame him for trying. Don't walk alone at night. But calm down! Don't worry so much. Smile!

Marin is a smart, driven, popular girl - she's headed for Brown when she graduates and has a brilliant career as a journalist ahead of her. Especially in the eyes of English teacher Mr Beckett. He spends a lot of time around Marin, and she thinks it's harmless . . . until he kisses her. No one believes Marin when she tells them what happened, so she does the only thing she can: she writes an article called 'Rules for Being a Girl' for the school paper to point out the misogyny and sexism that girls face every day. As things heat up at school and in her personal life, Marin must figure out how to take back the power and rewrite her own rules.

Rules for Being a Girl Press Reviews

Young people starting to explore social justice will find this engaging work a stepping stone on the way to heavier fare such as Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist or Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale School Library Journal

The authors write a convincing teen exploring the complex, frequently sexist social norms that girls and women navigate daily  Publishers Weekly 

A fiercely feminist call to arms  Guardian 

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529036084
Publication date: 16th April 2020
Author: Candace Bushnell, Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 4
Topics: Bullying / Violence / Abuse, Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic , School Stories, Sexuality / Relationships

About Candace Bushnell, Katie Cotugno

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international bestselling author of numerous books, including Is There Still Sex in the City, Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, Killing Monica and Four Blondes. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC, as did The Carrie Diaries on the CW. Is There Still Sex in the City is currently in development as a TV series with Paramount. Website: www.candacebushnell.com ...

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